At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Compare how different hood designs affect the protection provided to your head and neck from fireground contaminants. 
  • Describe the effects of laundering on the protective properties of your PPE.
  • Explain how contaminants break through interfaces in your PPE to reach your clothing and skin.

Course Lessons

  • Introduction 0:06
  • Protective Hoods 0:07
  • Impact of PPE Cleaning on Protective Capabilities 0:07
  • Contamination Breakthrough 0:04
  • Summary and Assessment 0:15

Applicable NFPA Standards

NFPA 1001 (2019): 4.1.2*, 4..3.2


A working knowledge of the thermal and chemical exposures associated with firefighting is needed to understand the content presented in this course. We encourage you to take the Foundations: Thermal and Chemical Exposures in the Fire Service lesson before completing this course.